Technology never sleeps. It's constantly developing and making our lives better. While it may seem that the craze about what new developments are going to change our lives died down a bit, somewhere in the mid-2010s, as we got used to news about new technologies pop up here and there. After all, missions to mars were something out of a sci-fi movie a few decades ago, now we know that it may soon become reality.
When it comes to futuristic technologies, there are a lot of speculations about them. From brain implants that will help people read each other's minds to pills that can change your gender temporarily or forever. There are also speculations about water that can give you a shot of immortality to public statements that list all your good and bad deeds.
Some of it seems fun. Some of it seems straight out of a science fiction movie. How possible is it that those inventions will become part of our everyday life? Nobody knows. Students would definitely like some gadget that will produce a perfect research paper after simply loading links on the useful sources.
Unfortunately, such a thing is not going to turn up on this list. So, in the meantime, if the need to write on your own makes you anxious, and the first thought you have is “I need to pay someone to write my research paper”, better stick to it, as the following list has little to do with research papers. However, the gadgets mentioned below are indeed futuristic and might become reality quite soon.
3D Printed Food
3D printing has a long history. From the concept of the procedure described in the short story by William Jenkins in the 1940s to the first patent in the 1970s. Then, in the 1980s, 3D printing was used solely for the production of prototypes. In the 2010s it has taken the world by storm, as additive manufacturing started being used in various fields.
Nowadays, when you can find a 3D printer at the price of $200, it can easily become a standard household item. Think about all the things you can 3D print. Well, German company Biozoon has created 3D-printable mixtures, with which you can print food.
The mixture is designed for people who have chewing or swallowing difficulties. It solidifies in the desired form when you print it, but easily melts when you eat it. That’s the beginning of 3D-printed food. Who knows, maybe in twenty years you won’t need to cook anything. Just put the ingredients in, and your dish is printed.
Prosthetics with a Sense of Touch
There are so many ways that a person can use their limbs. That’s why we have prosthetics. A prosthetic implant can replace the missing limb or its part, but, unfortunately, it cannot bring back the senses. But, there’s a possibility that things will change soon. Thanks to the group of European scientists who, in 2013, presented the first prosthetic hand with the sense of touch.
Unlike traditional prosthetic implants, this invention connects directly to the nerves, which makes it controllable and provides the owner with the sense of touch. The same year, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (Chicago, USA), announced that they have developed a robotic leg that can send neural impulses.
While both inventions are impressive, they are far from being ready for the market. First of all, in the case of a hand, the electrodes must be implanted directly into the owner’s hand. Also, a lot of tests must be made to determine the durability of the electrodes. But, maybe in a decade or two, prosthetic implants that can bring back the sense of touch will be available to anyone in need.
Remember those power loaders from the “Aliens” movie? Well, you can say that they are coming to reality. Okay, while in the movie they were designed for loading cargo, and they also came handy in fighting the alien queen, the thing called the Titan Arm was created with much humble intentions.
The researchers from the University of Pennsylvania designed the Titan Arm to rehabilitate people who’ve suffered serious arms injuries. The invention is a strength-enhancing upper-body exoskeleton, which provides its users with extra strength. Using the Titan Arm, you can lift an extra 40 pounds. Aside from being helpful for those with injured limbs, it can come in handy if your work is connected with moving heavy objects.
The developers utilized 3D printing to create the Titan Arm, which reduced the cost of the production to $1600. Taking into account that the production cost is relatively low, this exoskeleton may become widely available and become part of our everyday life quite soon.
Cave 2 is an invention that targets engineers, businesspeople, scientists, and artists. Using this futuristic gadget, you can dive deep into your research, artistic, or any other project. Using 360° you will be able to see the possible developments of your project; possible ways of curing the disease; possible architectural structure of the building.
Cave 2 is a structure made out of 72 LCD panels, with an installed motion tracking system with 10 cameras, and a surround sound system that utilizes 20 speakers. With it, you can visualize everything from the human body to the distant places of the Solar System. This invention is suitable for any project that requires analyzing large amounts of data and visualization.
Moreover, Cave 2 can be used for law enforcement. If you feed the crime data to it, it will allow investigators to check any place of the country, virtually, accompanied by all the information required. Life imitates art. With Cave 2, “CSI” may get much closer to the truth than it ever was.
High-Power Wireless Charging
When it comes to charging, we have found lots of ways to avoid using a traditional wire charger. We use power banks, we opt for batteries that last longer. Still, when it comes to wireless charging, you think more of charging via a pad, rather than wires. But the researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology are sure that charging can be done via a magnetic field.
In 2014, they presented the prototype of the Dipole Coil Resonant System, which can charge dozens of smartphones from a distance of five meters. Yes, the distance is not that far, but they continue working on it, claiming that in the end, you would be able to use their invention to charge not only phones but bigger devices from an even larger distance.
Unfortunately, as of now, there’s no information on how soon this Dipole Coil Resonant System will turn into gadgets that you can use on a daily basis. Thus, in the meantime, you have to continue using wires and cables, and power banks.